LR/RI produces a bulletin roughly every two weeks in order to inform area practitioners of news, events, and calls for participation and also as a forum for posing questions, issues and discussion topics. The current bulletin is posted below. To read previous bulletins, go to Bulletin Archives.
October 25, 2002
Calls for participation, employment,
and conference and workshop opportunities, online
and other resources. Resources for remembering the day are scattered
throughout the LR/RI site.
LR/RI is in the process of organizing a state wide conference, to be held next spring. A call for proposals will be issued in January, but if you have ideas, suggestions and are interested in participating in organizing the conference, please let me know. The goal of the conference is to bring together adult educators to share their expertise, address topics and issues of concern and interest to the field and generally to help us build and strengthen community and knowledge.
Free cancer screening for women through The RI Department of Health Women's Cancer Screening Program: If you are 40 or more years of age. have no health insurance, or your insurance does not cover breast and cervical cancer screenings every year, you may qualify for free services. To qualify you must: Be a women 40 years or more, Live in Rhode Island, and Not have Health Insurance or be Under-insured If you meet these criteria, you may be eligible for the following free screenings:: Women's health exam, including clinical breast exam. pap smear, Pelvic Exam, Mammogram (breast x-ray) and Follow-up Services This is an on-going program. If interested, please contact Barbara Jackson, Women & Infants Hospital, Health Education Department, 101 Dudley St., Providence, R.I. 02905 276-7893 (TTY) call 1-800-745-5555
ESOL sharing/discussion session will take place on Tuesday Tuesday October 8th at 3:00 pm at the Genesis Center
What if...? ESOL sharing session : Tuesday October 29th at 2:30 pm at the Genesis Center
What if...? Work continues on collaboratively developing ESOL training for new teachers, volunteers, and others interested in refreshing skills. To learn more, participate, please join us; for a rough draft of the training outline, please contact LR/RI.
A survey about resources for ESOL activities, developed by Debby Venator, is available online. We request that teachers complete the survey and send their responses to LR/RI as soon as possible.
report in process:
The Poverty Institute and RIPEC ( supported by the Rhode Island Foundation) are working to develop a document that will provide choices available in building a comprehensive and responsive adult education system. To develop the document, we will draw from research, and look to other states to find efficient and effective strategies for building efficient state systems, and to identify best practices in the various areas of concern. The document would form the basis for policy-makers and community members, guided by the broader adult basic education community, to engage in the challenging task of improving the system in our state. Along with the adult basic education community, we would advocate for leadership from the Governor's office in undertaking this task. Look for a mailing next week to your agency with further information about the project, and ways that you can share your ideas. Contact LR/RI or Judy Titzel (email@example.com)
There will be a new session of Spanish for Action beginning Saturday, November 16th. The classes will run for ten weeks. This course will address the needs of beginner level students. Classes are taught by Cecilia Pirotto, from Argentina. Registration fee: $50 - Program fee: $150 Registration Day: Saturday November 2nd bring $50 registration fee. (Cash or check made out to English for Action.) Classes begin Saturday, November 16 @ 11:00 150 Power St. à 2nd floor à Office 204
Classes meet twice per week, on Saturday @ 11:00, and then on another evening of the week with conversation partners who are learning English in the English for Action program. This is a great way to begin learning Spanish, or to continue with the skills you already have... If you have questions please contact: Cecilia firstname.lastname@example.org) or English for Action 863-9303
The ESL Special Collection announces 2001 Mini-Grant recipients.
You can explore the winning projects and download helpful lesson plans online at: http://www.literacynet.org/esl/minigrants/index.html.
The first project, ESL Action Photos, was created by Barry Bakin of Pacoima Skills Center (Los Angeles Unified School District, California). Instructors and tutors are free to incorporate these action photos into their classrooms. They are designed for use in ESL lesson plans. The web site contains "Suggested Lessons".
The second project, Citizenship Preparation for Low Level Learners, was created by Mia Axtell of Della Lamb Community Services ESL Program (Kansas City, Missouri). The goal of this curriculum is to provide low-level literacy students an opportunity to successfully prepare for the INS Citizenship test. Be sure to click on the "Supplement" section of this project for an explanation of how to use the lessons. Matthew Scelza
Save the dates: Using Equipped for the Future (EFF) in Family Literacy presented by Andy Nash
January 17 Session 1: What is EFF and what does it offer family literacy?
February 7 Session 2: What does EFF look like in a classroom?
February 28 Session 3: What does EFF look like in a program? Details coming, or contact LR/RI
Rhode Island Special Interest Group of MATSOL
The Rhode Island Special Interest Group of MATSOL invites you to our General Meeting at Rhode Island College (Faculty Dining Center), Thursday, November 7 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided _Share Best Practices from the MATSOL Conference, establish dates and focus of future meetings, nominate and elect 2002-2003 SIG representatives.
The Rhode Island SIG is a group of professionals in ESOL and Bilingual
Education organizing under the auspices of MATSOL, in order to meet the
professional needs in the field in Rhode Island. Our purpose is to
recruit ESOL and Bilingual Education professionals in Adult ESOL, Higher
Ed, Workplace Ed, Elementary, Secondary, and Low-Incidence programs serving
English Language Learners in Rhode Island, to determine advocacy and professional
development needs. If you are interested in joining or learning more
about the Rhode Island Special Interest Group of MATSOL, you can contact
Jenifer Giroux by e-mail email@example.com or at 456-8794.
A literacy summit was held at the state house on July 24th, followed by some media attention, -- posted online at http://www.brown.edu/lrri/advocate.html As well, a response to a report generated by the Nellie Mae foundation is also on line, linked to the advocacy page above. If you would like to add your response to the summit, the state of adult ed in RI or other related advocacy and educational issues, please do so.
Advocate: As programs are in the process of starting up again, this is a good time to consider a post card campaign. If and as new students are placed on waiting lists, you might consider having them fill out a postcard -- address it to the senator and representative for the district in which your agency resides -- explaining the fact that due to a lack of resources, [student x] is forced to wait for an opportunity to access language, literacy, basic education classes. To locate your local rep/senator, go to http://www.sec.state.ri.us/RIELEC/FINDOFF.HTM To make the project cost-efficient, consider keeping the postcards for a week or two and then hand delivering them to the senator or rep in question. Better still, invite him/her to your site for a chat and a visit. Programs are invited, too, to share their waiting list numbers, any responses they may receive from reps/senators, learners and community members via this bulletin.
David Rosen,recently posted information about postcard campaigns on the National Literacy Advocacy list. Read his message at http://www.nifl.gov/nifl-nla/2002/1409.html (and follow the thread to learn about others states' activities). To see one local example of post card text, please contact LR/RI.
Vote: find out where http://18.104.22.168/elections/polls.htm
Learning opportunity: NATIVE LANGUAGE WORKPLACE-FOCUSED LITERACY PROGRAM
Progreso Latino offers literacy classes to adults who speak Spanish and wish to learn English. If your organization knows of anyone who may benefit from this program by building Spanish skills in writing, reading, and eventually English, please have them register by calling (401)728-5920.
Progreso Latino ofrece clases de alfabetizacion para adultos que hablan español y quieren aprender ingles. Si su organizacion conoce a personas que podrian beneficiarse de este programa y desean fotalecer sus habilidades en español de escritura y lectura, y eventualmente aprender ingles, por favor llamar al 728-5920 para ser enlistado.
Inquiry projects - completed reports from this round of projects are posted/being posted on LR/RI's inquiry site http://www.brown.edu/lrri/inq2001.2.html - as well, new projects will be funded for the coming academic year.
2002 minigrant projects now underway: read about the projects being undertaken at:
The three minigrant recipients will present their work in the fall.
what do you think? LR/RI has had an online survey on its site for months. Previously, those who may have come across the survey were asked to copy and paste it into an email message, or to print it and complete it. Thanks to the brilliant technical support and inservice learning provided by Brown University, the survey can now be completed on line. I'd be grateful if you could please take the time to complete it. While occasional word comes back about the work LR/RI has done, this survey attempts to be somewhat more systematic in considering the work that's done and the work that needs to be accomplished. Please complete the survey at http://www.brown.edu/lrri - scroll down and click on the link to the survey. If you lack web access and wish to complete the survey, please contact LR/RI to receive one via snail mail or fax.
funding opportunities - large and less large
Funding opportunity - the Juanita Sanchez Community Fund provides support for RI's Hispanic community by offering grant assistance to a broad range of nonprofit organizations working for the betterment of Latino people in the state. For more information, contact LR/RI or the Rhode Island Foundation.
Grants Available to Providence Residents
The Providence Local Learning Partnership (LLP) is offering grants of up to $500 to residents to create workshops or trainings. The workshops or trainings must address something that you and/or your neighbors need to LEARN in order to make change in your community. For example, if you and/or your neighbors have an idea of how your community can improve through better communication, then we can offer you resources and up to $500 to learn how to address that idea. The possibilities are endless, and are up to you! The Providence LLP is a program of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Making Connections movement, made up of about 30 people who live or work in the communities of the West End and/or Southside. LLP's purpose is to make sure we create a community that has access to information, and is able to use it to make positive change in communities - have access to economic opportunities (jobs, home ownership, higher education), social networks (opportunities for neighbors to support one another), and quality services (health care, education, child care, etc.). Some of the ways we do the above is through workshops, and now we'd like to offer you a chance to create you own workshops around things that you feel would make your community stronger. For more information or to request that LLP come speak to a group of people in your community, or if you would like an application in Spanish or Khmer, please call Shelly Weeden at 455-8880.
Funding opportunity NATIONAL BOOK SCHOLARSHIP FUND Literacy programs have an opportunity to obtain books and materials to improve the services they provide. Grant applications are now being accepted for the National Book Scholarship Fund (NBSF), sponsored by Laubach Literacy International. NBSF grants distribute New Readers Press books and educational materials to qualified adult literacy providers in the U.S. The National Book Scholarship Fund gives special emphasis to grant applications from familyliteracy programs, followed by ESL and adult basic educational initiatives. For information : http://www.nbsf.org/. The grant application will be available online in September; deadline for grant applications is December 5, 2002. For additional information, contact Mara Roberts, project administrator, by phone at 315-422-9121, ext. 345; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing the National Book Scholarship Fund, Laubach Literacy, 1320 Jamesville, Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210.
The Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) announces another round of education reform grants in areas of social science research. PRACC is particularly interested in issues such as high classroom turnover/mobility and its disproportionate impact on low-income, minority, and farm worker students. However, other issues will be considered as well. To apply, send PRRAC a proposal outlining the planned research and methodology, the advocacy work it is designed to support, a budget, timeline, and qualifications of the researchers. Maximum grant: $10,000. No application deadline. http://www.prrac.org/grants.htm
Funding Solutions for Small Nonprofit Organizations
A collection of resources to help small nonprofit organizations fundraise including ways to motivate your board, sample fundraising letters, phonathon advice, and tips to improve your direct mail solicitation. http://www.nonprofit-innovations.com/
Pawtucket School Department is looking for ESL instructors for adult evening classes two evenings a week Mon through Thursday starting immediately. Please call Mary or Victoria at 729-6293 for more information. [posted October 28, 2002]
National Institute for Literacy: links to employment
in adult literacy, at: http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/whats_new/job_announce.html
Rhode Island Community Jobs (RICOMJOB) is a public e-mail announcement list that seeks to raise the profile of meaningful work in Rhode Island by helping non-profit and public interest employers publicize openings effectively. Anyone seeking a job that makes a difference in Rhode Island can join the list. Any non-profit, government or private sector employer advertising a paid position related to the public interest or community concerns can post a free job listing. Positions must be paid but may be part-time, full-time or temporary.
To join the list as a job seeker or to post a job as an employer go to: http://www.ricommunityjobs.org
Rhode Island Community Jobs is supported by the Swearer Center for Public
Service at Brown University and the Rhode Island Campus Compact.
If you have questions about this service, please contact us at email@example.com
online / resources
Online learning opportunity: Using LINCS Start Date: November 18
The course, conducted completely online, is designed exclusively for adult education and literacy practitioners. Participants will learn to efficiently use the Literacy Information aNd Communication System to locate resources for instruction, administrative issues, and research. Some highlighted features include: calendar of events, grants search,, and special collections. Information about this and other courses at http://www.wbtc.ciu10.com/eclass/courseschedule.htm
Three new Practice Application Briefs from the ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education; available at no cost in paper copy, PDF, or as e-mail messages. Please send your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the format you would prefer. If you are requesting paper copies, be sure to include your mailing address.
New Wine in Old Bottles: Transforming Vocational Education into Career and Technical Education (#21) by Bettina L. Brown identifies practices that can help career and technical education (CTE) teachers facilitate change at the classroom level.
Journal Writing as an Adult Learning Tool (#22) by Sandra Kerka reviews the research and practice literature and describes issues and methods involved in incorporating journal writing in adult education.
Blending Face-to-Face and Distance Learning Methods in Adult and Career-Technical Education (#23) by Michael E. Wonacott reviews the literature on combining traditional classroom instruction with distance learning via ICT and offers suggestions on how the two methods can be effectively blended in adult and CTE programs.
The publications are free and available in PDF, paper, and as e-mail messages. To request copies, please send a message to email@example.com and indicate the format you prefer.
- Judy Wagner: firstname.lastname@example.org http://ericacve.org; ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education 1900 Kenny Rd, Columbus OH 43210-1090 614/292-8625; 800/848-4815 (ext 2-8625); FAX: 614/292-1260 TTY/TDD: 614/688-8734
e-literacy: The National Institute for Literacy's electronic newsletter is online (new and archived issues) at http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/eliteracy/archive.html NIFL also maintains an online calendar of events at http://www.nifl.gov/cgi-bin/Calendar/calendar_world.cgi
The September 2002 issue of e*Literacy reports on new developments in adult reading research and International Literacy Day: Contents include: Discussions on Reauthorizing Adult Education Law Continue , Reading, Learning Disabilities Focus of Upcoming Sessions "English for All" Program, Research Funds on Adult and Family Literacy Scheduled for October Award , EFF Reading Project Focuses on "Read With Understanding" Standard , International Literacy Day Focuses on Literacy for Diversity ,Partnership for Reading to Launch On-Line Reading Discussion Group ,Legislative Update and September Calendar. Online at http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/eliteracy/02_09_01.html.
search LR/RI - the search function at http://www.brown.edu/lrri has been improved so that the LR/RI website is now searchable. Please try it. Let me know what you think.. Thanks to Bill Dennen at Brown for his assistance in getting it to work.
Free education publications are available from ED Pubs, the U.S. Department of
Education's Publications Center. To order free books, brochures, videos, and more, visit the ED Pubs Web site (http://www.ed.gov/about/ordering.jsp) or call ED Pubs toll-free at 877/433-7827.
The latest issue of The Change Agent (a publication about adult education for social justice) on Creativity and Change, is hot off the press and available at http://www.nelrc.org/changeagent (download copies or order a subscription).
The theme of the next issue will be Language and Power.
Please consider writing for it or connecting us to interesting articles, activities or potential authors. We welcome international perspectives on this topic as well. The call for articles follows: Educators and Adult Learners: We are looking for lessons, activities, and student writings about the ways in which we speak, read, and write(what languages we speak, how we use and understand words, how others speak to us, etc.) can include certain people but leave others out. Some questions to think about: What ways of speaking do people use in different situations and why? What experiences have you had using different languages (for example from other cultures, or from other disciplines like math, art, etc.)? In what ways are people judged by the way they speak? What do you think about this? Should there be a law making English the official language of the US? Why or why not? * What are some ways that the power of language can be used to resolve differences, build peace, and develop community?
All articles must be received by November 15, 2002. All articles
will be considered. Final decisions are made by The Change Agent Editorial
Board. Please send material (preferably by email) to: Angela Orlando
, World Education 44 Farnsworth St Boston, MA 02210 tel:
617-482-9485 fax: 617-482-0617 email@example.com
From Barbara Garner, editor, Focus on Basics:
When new students walk into your class, they may appear to be alone, but research now underway at NCSALL indicates that, in most cases, they are not. They arrive in a program with the help and support of a specific person or a few people in their social networks.
Read more about these "sponsors" in the new issue of Focus on Basics, available at http://ncsall.gse.harvard.edu (scroll down a bit and click on "newest issue of Focus on Basics) Also in the issue: When does counseling learners go beyond the role of the teacher? Read about how this Missouri program decided to employ a social worker. Who supports the helpers? What are states and programs doing to train and support counselors? Helping students handle stress is one way to counsel. This Cambridge, MA, program offers a course that teaches mind/body responses to stress as it teaches basic skills Counselors are often responsible for recruitment and enrollment. This workplace learning program used action research to understand which of their recruitment techniques were and weren't working --- and altered them as a result. ESOL teachers often see themselves as advocates and counselors as well as teachers. Two programs talked to us about their two ways of approaching this function.
CALL FOR PAPERS - Due January 6, 2003
FAMILY LITERACY FORUM NATIONAL EVEN START ASSOCIATION
CALL FOR PAPERS 2003 TESOL Journal Special Issue
Theme: Promoting L2 Literacy, Coeditors: Nancy Clair and Marjorie Terdal
Literacy is recognized today as more than just reading and writing ability and more complex than the simple dichotomy of "literate or illiterate." Rather, literacy is an extremely complex notion that is increasingly defined by the contexts in which it occurs and the factors that affect it, including economic, political, social, and cultural factors. For these reasons, ESOL researchers and practitioners must address the variety of literacies that learners seek to develop. These ESOL literacy learners are very diverse, representing not only children acquiring literacy in their L1 and L2s simultaneously but also adults who may lack or have limited literacy in their L1 and who are developing literacy in English for vocational, functional, critical, expressive, sociocultural, or general academic purposes.
The Autumn 2003 issue of TESOL Journal will focus on classroom-based
practices and current scholarly perspectives related to ESOL literacy development.
The purpose of this special issue is to bring together a variety of perspectives
and current practices related to ESOL literacy education from the range
of settings where it occurs, including ESL and EFL contexts; in schools,
workplaces, community centers, and homes; and with children and adults.
These topics listed are meant to be illustrative, not restrictive. Submissions may address related areas or more than one of the areas. Submissions are welcome in all departments: feature articles, perspectives, reviews, tips from the classroom, and heard on the Web. All submissions must conform to regular submission guidelines, with the exception that three hard copies are requested of all submissions, regardless of the department. Submissions should be sent to the address below. The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2003. Send queries and material to: Marjorie Terdal, Applied Linguistics, Portland State University, P.O. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207 USA, Queries only to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
LR/RI website: a shortcut. The URL for Literacy Resources/RI's website has not changed; you can now get to it more quickly by using this new address: http://www.brown.edu/lrri/ -- with thanks to Kath Connolly and Bill Dennen at Brown University for making it so.
conferences and workshops - conferences and workshops are listed chronologically and are updated with each bulletin
Rhode Island - Training/events around employment issues for people with disabilities http://www.ric.edu/uap/training.html
November 26 - Crossing Boundaries Training for Adult Literacy Educators
in working with adults with visual impairments
The Carroll Center for the Blind and the Literacy Resources/RI have received a grant to provide adult literacy educators training on working with adult students with visual impairments. Two one-day seminars will be offered. Adult literacy and ESOL educators may apply for a scholarship to attend these seminars and receive a stipend to pay for travel.
In these workshops you will learn about the range of impairments that affect vision and ways in which to assist adults with a loss of vision e.g. lighting, size of print, assistive technologies, and learning strategies. Strengthen your capacity to assist adults with visual impairments in gaining access to needed educational services. This training will utilize the expertise of rehabilitation teachers, low vision specialists, and adaptive technology teachers, who all work with adults with visual impairments.
Instructors need to have been teaching adult education for at least one year and be recommended by a supervisor. Attendees will be required to share their knowledge with colleagues and learners within their programs. Even if you missed the first workshop (Blindness 101), you're welcome to attend this second session
Description of Workshop: Training takes place at the Carroll Center
for the Blind, 770 Centre St, Newton, MA (http://www.carroll.org
for directions) from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Lunch and materials provided.
November 26, 2002
Application: please copy and paste this into a word document :
Name: __________________________ Phone: _____________________ work or home?
Title: ____________________________ Employer: ___________________________
Email: _______________________ Vegetarians check here: ___
Number of years teaching adult literacy/ESOL ____
Signature of Supervisor: __________________________ Phone: _____________________
Complete one registration for each person. Mail to:
Using Labor Market Information: A Workshop Series on Employment Issues & Practices for Literacy Program Professionals
Sponsored by Dorcas Place, the Labor Market Information Training Project and RIWLC
All workshops will be held at the RI Department of Labor & Training, Center General Complex, 1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI
*Courses are labeled as follows to help you select the best option: Introductory - No prior familiarity; Level 1 - Basic familiarity with labor market concepts and terms; Level 2 - Some experience with labor market concepts and terms; builds on prior workshops
November 25 (OR 26th), 8:30 - 4:00: O*Net and Its Use in Career
Planning (*Level: 1)
December 11, 8:30 - 3:00: Literacy & Rhode Island Labor Markets
January 8, 2003, 8:30 - Noon: Introduction to Disability and
the Labor Market (*Level: 2)
January 27 (OR 28th), 2003, 8:30 - 4:00: Implementing an Active
Job Development Strategy (*Level: 2)
Register for entire series or Introductory Course by October 11 and for individual workshops two weeks in advance. For more information and to register, call Sheila Palma at the Center for Labor Market Studies (617) 373-2242 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Literacy Volunteers of America-Rhode Island will hold its annual conference on Saturday, November 2nd, 8:30 - 2:00 pm, at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. The featured speaker will be Peter Waite, Executive Director, Laubach Literacy Action - US Division, who will discuss the upcoming merger of Laubach Literacy and Literacy Volunteers of America. For additional details or to register, contact Yvette Kenner (401)861-0815.
Fifth Annual Promising Practices A Multi-Cultural Workshop and Media Fair, November 2. "Literacy and Standards in an Increasingly Diverse Society" The program will feature curriculum resources, including books, computer software materials, videos and workshops aimed at assisting educators and other professionals as they support diversity in the classroom and theworkplace. For more Information call: Carol R. Shelton, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Rhode Island College, 456-9641, David S. Thomas, Faculty of Arts and Sciences RI College, 456-8765 We will have approval for CEU's from the RI Deptt of Education. http://www.ric.edu/news/promise/
The University of Arizona invites personnel at universities and community colleges working in student service areas (academic or student affairs), faculty development, and instructional positions to attend the first annual conference entitled: Demystifying Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders at the Postsecondary Level, November 1 and 2.
Conference highlights include: Understanding how LD/ADD impacts
young adults pursing postsecondary education , Academic and behavioral
strategies to use with students diagnosed with
The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education annual conference
St. Louis November 19 - 23. For more information http://www.aaace.org/conferences/ .. There will be several pre-conference workshops with a cost of $50.00 For a complete list and schedule (including a technology strand): http://www.aaace.org/conferences/alt_sessions.html
The League for Innovation is accepting proposals for the 2002
Conference on Information Technology, November 17-20, Long Beach, CA. Join
your colleagues in this learning community to discover how information
technology is transforming educational and social enterprises. The
conference appears to be aimed primarily at community and two-year colleges,
which means it could have implications for adult education generally. http://www.league.org/2002cit/index.html
Technology, Reading & Learning Difficulties conference, January 16-18, 2003, San Francisco; sponsored by Educational Computer Conferences, Inc., and the International Reading Association. http://www.trld.com
The National Center for Family Literacy has issued a call for proposals for sessions at the 2003 National Conference on Family Literacy. The conference will take place in Long Beach, California from March 16 to18, 2003 and will be held in conjunction with the California Family Literacy Conference. Details of the call for proposals are available at NCFL's Web site at http://www.famlit.org
other events and conferences http://www.nifl.gov/cgi-bin/Calendar/calendar_world.cgi
from previous bulletins: REMINDERS, RESOURCES:
SABES Resource Lists Available. From Carey Reid [full message here]:
As you might know, Massachusetts now has a rigorous, stand-alone ABE teacher's license. SABES, the System for Adult Basic Education Support, is a state-wide staff development system funded by MassDOE.
Ö[S]months ago I asked if NLA subscribers were interested in helping SABES build resource lists, by standard, in support of teachers seeking the new license here in Massachusetts. Many of you helped out, thank you, and we've also worked with small groups of people locally to build these 29 lists, now with over 150 resources--books, articles, websites, and videos. The lists are now available on SABES's license support website at http://www.sabes.org/license. You can get quickly to the lists by clicking on the "new resources added" link under What's New, or at any time by using the resources link on the bottom of every webpage. When you arrive at the chart listing the 29 standards, click on any standard to go to the resource list we've compiled for it. The lists are annotated; with the annotations, teachers who wish to improve their knowledge and skills in respect to a particular standard can be more assured they're getting the resource they want or need. If the resource can be viewed or downloaded on the Net, we've provided a link.
Additionally, we want to improve these lists, so please email me
if you'd like to suggest additions or changes. BTW, the full list
of resources is also collected in a ProCite bibliography file, so if you
use that software and would like to have your own "instant" database, let
me know and I'll email you the file. As stated earlier, SABES is funded
by the Massachusetts Department of Education. To avoid confusion,
the website is not an official DOE site but rather one of SABES's means
of supporting license-seeking teachers in our state. Links to Massachusetts
DOE webpages, however, are provided on the site.
Harry Seda has designed a survey on students' use of technology; your help is sought in disseminating this survey to adult learners. Harry writes in the introduction to the survey:
"Dear Fellow students: As a student ambassador and advocate I am doing another survey to help students find services, programs, and/or software programs that might help you learn and become more knowledgeable and a more productive member of your community. The content of this survey will better reflect the diverse needs and levels of all students, including English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL for short). Many students had written to me saying they would like to learn more about technology with computers. In order to find and develop new programs and find proper workshop settings to fit that need, I need your help by completing this survey found on my web site." The Web address for the survey is:
breathe - everyday yoga at your desk. http://www.mydailyyoga.com/yoga/everyday_yoga.html
Stop the Hate, http://www.stopthehate.net/index1.htm - provides numerous resources of value to anyone working in adult education, community development and/or hoping to consider viable ways in which to approach social change.
Language and Literacy is a Canadian on-line journal for educators interested in a broad range of literacy issues encompassing research and teaching in multimedia, print, and oracy. Available at http://educ.queensu.ca/~landl/
LR/RI listserv: As some of you know, Literacy Resources has a list serv - an email discussion group available to anyone with access to email in the state (or beyond, as interest warrants). To learn more about the list, or to subscribe, please send an email message to email@example.com. To date, about 30 people have joined the list. Its purpose is to provide a forum for local educators to discuss policy, practice, resources, issues and news related to our work with one another. Unlike the bulletin, which arrives as email, the list is interactive - when you respond to message from the discussion list, everyone else on the list receives your message -- and the conversation, we hope, continues and grows.
VALUE e-list: VALUE has established a valuelearners mailing for email users, hosted by the Western/Pacific Literacy Network, part of the National Institute for Literacy Information and Communication Network System (LINCS). This "e-list" is a way for adult learners who are members of VALUE to communicate with each other. Only adult learners who are members of VALUE can subscribe to this e-list. VALUE is the national organization for adult learners (current or former participants in adult basic skills programs) in the United States. VALUE provides training and other supports to adult learners who want to be more effective leaders in their education programs, communities, and states. This e-list is being managed by members of VALUE's Communications Committee. Subscribers are encouraged to communicate about information, ideas, questions, or problems of interest to them. If you are a member of VALUE and need help subscribing, please contact LR/RI. If you're not a member, but would like to become one, contact LR/RI or visit the VALUE website at http://literacynet.org/value.
Professional development initiative: In 1998, I spent time at the RI Dislocated Worker Program, facilitating classes for teachers there so that they could have an opportunity to observe one another's classes and to reflect on their learning and teaching. (The full text of their reflections is available on the LR/RI web site at Writing from the Field - or contact LR/RI for a hard copy). Please let me know if you would like to participate in this process of professional development. All that's required is your willingness to share your reflections about the observation/learning process for others. I hope to build a block of writing and thinking about this and other forms of our own professional development both through the bulletin and the web site.
Please contact LR/RI if you have information, questions or announcements to share with adult educators in Rhode Island. Bulletins go out at least twice a month; more frequently when there's more to share. To submit information for the next bulletin, please contact LR/RI by phone (401-863-2839), mail (PO Box 1974, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912) or email.
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